Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown
Show: Good Eats
Beef Tenderloin in Salt Crust
Total:
5 hr 40 min
Active:
25 min
Yield:
10 to 12 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
5 hr 40 min
Active:
25 min
Yield:
10 to 12 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, and/or sage)
  • 1 (6 to 7-pound) whole beef tenderloin, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

Place the flour, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites and water and add to the dry ingredients along with 2 tablespoons of the herbs. Combine with a potato masher until the mixture begins to come together. Then knead with your hands for 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large zip-top bag, seal, and let stand at room temperature for 4 hours, or up to 24 hours.

Transfer dough to a floured surface and roll out to 3/16-inch thickness, approximately a 24 by 18-inch rectangle. Trim away extra dough, if necessary. Sprinkle the remaining herbs on the center section of the dough and gently press down.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In order to achieve uniform cooking, fold over slender tail end of tenderloin and tie with kitchen twine. Set a large electric griddle at its highest setting; brush the tenderloin with the olive oil and sear on all sides until well browned, approximately 10 minutes. Rest the meat for at least 5 minutes or until it is cool to the touch so as not to melt the dough.

Place the tenderloin in the center of the dough. Fold top part of dough over, flipping back about 1-inch of dough onto itself. Repeat with the bottom half of the dough. Press together the 2 flaps of dough and seal. Make sure the dough is not too tight around the tenderloin. At the ends of the tenderloin, press together dough to form a seal and cut away any excess. Transfer to a sheet pan, place in the oven and roast to an internal temperature of 125 degrees F, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. The tenderloin will continue to cook 10 to 15 degrees more. Cut salt crust at 1 end and extract meat by pulling out of dough tube. Slice and serve immediately.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Tia Mowry

Beef Tenderloin with Fresh Horseradish and Black Pepper Crust

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Mustard Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello

Mustard Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello

Salt-Crusted Snapper

Recipe courtesy of Haylie Duff

Salt Crusted Snapper

Recipe courtesy of Laura Calder

Salt-Crusted Tuna

Lemon Salt Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

Unwrapped

7am | 6c

Unwrapped

7:30am | 6:30c

Unwrapped

8am | 7c

Unwrapped

8:30am | 7:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

9:30am | 8:30c

Donut Showdown

10:30am | 9:30c

Donut Showdown

11am | 10c

Sugar Showdown

11:30am | 10:30c

Sugar Showdown

12pm | 11c

Sugar Showdown

12:30pm | 11:30c
1pm | 12c
2pm | 1c
3pm | 2c
4pm | 3c

Cake Hunters

5:30pm | 4:30c

Carnival Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Carnival Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Dinner at Tiffani's

8pm | 7c

Dinner at Tiffani's

8:30pm | 7:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

9:30pm | 8:30c

Unwrapped

10pm | 9c

Unwrapped

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Dinner at Tiffani's

12:30am | 11:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

1am | 12c

Unwrapped 2.0

1:30am | 12:30c

Unwrapped

2am | 1c

Unwrapped

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c